I'm delighted to have my article 'Humanizing Dehumanization Research', co-authored with the amazing Aliza Luft, Associate Professor of Sociology at UCLA, published in Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology.
In this article, Aliza and I argue that dehumanization research - while it has taught us a lot - has too often treated dehumanization as a diffuse, decontextualised phenomena, in ways that hamper how much this research can reveal about the real world instances of violence, extremism and discrimination that most interest us. We call for attention to three particular aspects of context which have gone understudied: the ideological contexts within which dehumanization takes on specific meanings, the social contexts of relationships and past experiences that shape how people interpret dehumanization, and the institutional contexts of organizations, practices and policies within which dehumanization can play varied roles.
The article is 'open access' and thus freely available. It is also relatively short: at just 7 pages. So please check it out! You can access it here.